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July 2016

Omnibus Unplugged

Fri 29 July 2016, 8:00 pm

Lánre’s music combines acoustic folk and soul with captivating storytelling influenced by her Nigerian Yoruba heritage. Lánre has won praise from the MOBO Awards and been featured on BBC 6 Music. She will be joined by some very special guests Karl Nova and Amy Fitz Doyle.

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Mr Kingdom’s Queen Victoria (Or a Little of What You Fancy)

Sat 30 Jul, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

The queen who ruled a kingdom (and an empire) as you’ve never dared think of her before.

A bitingly irreverent, painfully funny and strangely moving new show from legendary Fringe First Award winner Bob Kingdom (Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, The Truman Capote Talk Show).

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Egg

Sun 31 July 2016, 7:30 pm

The girly one from Fringe sketch veterans WitTank (‘Masterful’ Sunday Times) presents his debut stand up show about how weird we all are.

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August 2016

Mule

Omnibus at Edinburgh Fringe

3 - 29 August (excl. Wed 17 Aug), 1.30pm

How does the seemingly innocent adventure of a summer spent in the party capital of the world spiral out of control and end with two young women locked up in a notoriously hard-core South American prison?

Inspired by the real events of the Peru Two, Mule explores the murky, hedonistic world of drug smuggling.

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Three Photographers: Wild in the City

Thu 4 Aug - Fri 2 Sep, 10am - 6pm, Free Event
This summer, come along to Omnibus to see the Visual Arts Department's exhibition of photographs of life in and around Clapham and central London. Photographs by Robert Connolly, Ejiro Evwierhoma… Find out more »
September 2016

Clapham Village Fete

Sat 3 September, 12 noon - 6pm

In celebration of 150 years of the London Fire Brigade, be transported back to the 19th century and experience the re-creation of Clapham circa 1866.

Learn about local history with installations from Clapham Society and an interactive Fire Engine Display. Battle it out in the Egg and Spoon Race, try your hand at the Coconut Shy, get creative at our Arts and Craft Stalls, say hello to some furry faces from Vauxhall City Farm and much more, all topped off with some of the best food and drink Clapham has to offer!

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Camilla George Quartet

Sun 4 September 2016, 7:30 pm

Inspired by artists such as Kenny Kirkland, Wynton Marsalis and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, join the Camilla George Quartet for a night of traditional jazz with a twist of calypso and modern edge. Their debut EP ‘Lunacity’ has been praised for its “fresh” sound, and they’re currently working on their latest album, a celebration of jazz from its African roots to its modern conception.

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Bow Wow Shop (Orpheus Special)

Mon 5 September 2016, 7:30 pm

What is it about the story of Orpheus, and his pursuit of his dead wife Eurydice into the underworld, that has so inspired generations of artists and composers?

At our Bow Wow Shop Michael Glover’s guests will share their passion for the poet.

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Punk: The Originals

Wed 7 - Fri 7 Oct, 10am - 6pm (excl. Sundays) EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the punk movement, Omnibus are holding an exhibition of iconic yet very personal photographs by Erica Echenberg called Punk: Originals. The series is part…

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The Jamie Leeming Project feat. Emily Dankworth

Sun 11 September 2016, 7:30 pm

London based jazz guitarist Jamie Leeming presents an exciting mix of jazz, pop, folk and melodic guitar. Following his recently released EP ‘Heartsong’, he is joined by some of the UK’s brightest young talent, blending melodic and original guitar with pure vocals. Featuring Emily Dankworth, Liam Dunachie and special guest Ben Cox.

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Engine Room

Thu 15 September 2016, 7:30 pm
An inspirational night of new performances from theatre-makers working across art forms and between genres. We are programming for the next Engine Room on January 19. If you're a theatremaker… Find out more »

Omniwrite

Fri 16 September 2016, 7:30 pm
Omniwrite profiles the newest of new writing for performance. An audience sees 20 minutes of three pieces of new drama, hot off the pen, performed in public for the very… Find out more »

Lauren Kinsella Ensemble

Sun 18 September 2016, 7:30 pm

Omnibus presents Irish vocalist and composer Lauren Kinsella and her ensemble, as the Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year continues her Autumn tour. Having been commissioned by Marsden Jazz Festival, Kinsella’s new music features Tom Challenger on sax, Dan Nicholls on piano, Conor Chaplin on bass and Simon Roth on drums.

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64 Squares

Wed 21 - Fri 23 Sep, 7.30pm

‘You might have noticed there are four of me. Don’t worry. You’ll get used to it. I have.’ A one man show performed by three actors and a drummer. Welcome…

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The Owl & The Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense

Sun 25 Sep, 11am & 2.30pm

The Owl is a poet, intent on writing his greatest masterpiece yet, but he shares his den with the Pussycat who likes telling stories too, and she has a quite a different approach!

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Ashley Henry Trio

Sun 25 September 2016, 7:30 pm

Mixing contemporary originals and standards, the Ashley Henry Trio have attracted acclaim for recent performances at Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the Chopin International Festival in Warsaw. Expect a night of music which seamlessly blends traditional jazz and modern hip-hop influences.

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So, This is What Happened…

Thu 29 September 2016, 7:30 pm

Six storytellers each have ten-minutes to tell their extraordinary story. They’re poignant, funny, life affirming, cathartic and true. You could be a part of it if you have a story to tell.

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In Conversation with… Bill Nighy

Fri 30 September 2016, 7:30 pm

An evening with West End and Hollywood star, Bill Nighy, who will talk about his life and career with Jonathan Maitland.

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October 2016

Fun Palaces

Sat 1 Oct, 11am

Come along to our Fun Palace for an exciting day out filled with music – with family, friends or pets.

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Monkey Toast Comedy Showcase

Sat 1 October 2016, 7:30 pm

Monkey Toast is back with a special night of Improvised comedy!

In the first half we have, Improvised Chat Show, with special guest, the star of BBC’s Sunny D, comedian Dane Baptiste!

Featuring the Monkey Toast Players; Phil Whelans, Briony Redman, Charlotte Gittins, Susan Harrison, Richard Soames and Lauren Shearing. Hosted by David Shore.

Then in the second half, we’re thrilled to have two-improv from Paul Foxcroft & David Reed! Paul is a Monkey Toast Player and one half of Cariad & Paul: A Two Player Adventure. Actor, writer and comedian, David Reed is best known as one-third of The Penny Dreadfuls.

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Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’

Sun 2 October 2016, 7:30 pm

Explore one of the most influential works of the 20th century chamber repertoire, with Yelian He (cello), Jospeh Shiner (clarinet), Michael Foyle (violin) and Maksim Stsura (piano). Composed after his capture at Verdun and subsequent incarceration as a Prisoner of War, ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ is often considered Messiaen’s masterpiece.

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Dante Quartet

Sun 9 October 2016, 4:00 pm

The award-winning Dante Quartet present an evening programme featuring four talented chamber and orchestral musicians. This taster concert features pieces by Sally Beamish, Mendelssohn and Beethoven, performed by Krysia Osotowicz and Oscar Perks on violin, Yuko Inoue on viola and Richard Jenkinson on cello.

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Free

Multimedia Exhibition: From Place to Place

Perception Festival

Mon 10 - Sun 16 Oct, 10am - 6pm

E(u)ephemeral Map, a short film by Jana Pacheco and video artist Femke Fredrix With each new travel experience the extent of the archive’s reach increases. As a result, we see an ever-evolving…

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Writers’ Workshop

October – December

Are you working on a play or looking for inspiration with the next one? The Omnibus Writers’ Group has been devised to support writers of any level of experience focus, get their ideas on paper and work towards a complete play. Ten weekly sessions are led by literary manager, Saffron Myers supported by writers Scott Wilson and Mike Carter. Sessions take place on Monday evenings at the Omnibus October to December.

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Heart of Darkness

Perception Festival

Fri 14 October 2016, 8:00 pm

After a five-star run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Scandal and Gallows Theatre bring their searing one-man adaptation of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness – the book that inspired Apocalypse Now – to Omnibus’s Perception Festival.

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Acts of Defiance

Perception Festival

Sat 15 October 2016, 7:30 pm

On the back of packed-out show The Bogus Woman last Autumn, Mama Quilla return to Omnibus for a brand new debate. Acts of Defiance produced by award winning company Mama Quilla consists of three short explosive one woman plays, written by internationally renowned writer Kay Adshead.

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Beyond the Blue

Perception Festival

Sun 16 October 2016, 12:30 pm

Full of puppetry, live music and audience interaction, join the Sad Teddy Bear, the Honest Tiger Girl and friends as they experience an adventure inspired by events in the world today.

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Jesse Sebastian Flamenco

Sun 16 October 2016, 4:00 pm

Immerse yourself in a traditional tablao-style Flamenco show, and enjoy the spontaneous interaction between musician and dancer which means that each performance is unique and alive. Influenced by the rich geography of Seville and Cadiz, Jesse Sebastian returns to Omnibus, accompanied by Pablo Dominguez and Jesus Olmedo.

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Free

The First Annual Anshu Asthana Memorial Exhibition

Mon 17 Oct - Fri 4 Nov, 10am - 6pm
"Art is not what you see, but you what you make others see." Edgar Degas The First Annual Anshu Asthana Memorial Exhibition celebrates the life of Anshu Asthana and his work… Find out more »

Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

Wed 19 - Sat 22 Oct, 7.30pm

It’s 1942 and a horde of Yankee servicemen have just arrived in England – where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather.…

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A Pocketful Of Grimms

Sun 23 Oct, 11am & 2.30pm

Retelling the tales of Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, the original Beauty and the Beast, and more.

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The Dream Factory

Tue 25 Oct, 11am & 2.30pm

Have you ever wondered where dreams come from? Or how they get into your head? House of Stray Cats is delighted to present a new sensory puppet show for curious children and dreamers of all ages.

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3 Stories From Radio 4

Thu 27 October 2016, 7:30 pm

Join Radio 4 writer John Osborne for a special evening of stories, written and performed for Radio 4. Here he presents three funny and heart warming tales, which also promise to be a positive masterclass in how to keep an audience captivated.

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Monkey Toast & Friends

Fri 28 October 2016, 7:30 pm

Monkey Toast: The Improvised Chat Show is back, with Matthew Crosby from the award winning sketch group, Pappy’s!

Matthew will be interviewing our special guests, from the Allusionist podcast and Answer Me This!, Helen Zaltzman, plus the start of SuperBob, comedian Brett Goldstein!

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Séance Fiction

Sat 29 October 2016, 9:00 pm

Step onto the comedy ghost-train this Halloween and take a ride in the unknown. A voice is calling from beyond the grave! Who is it? We don’t know. What does it want? We don’t know.

Like Derek Acorah or Psychic Sally, we’re making it up as we go along in… Séance Fiction.

Starring Suki Webster, Michael Orton-Toliver, David Reed, Alison Thea-Skot and Phil Whelans.

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Baltika

Sun 30 October 2016, 7:30 pm

Inspired by the traditional roots of Eastern European music, Baltika is a London based group exploring Balkan, Gypsy, Klezmer and Baltic musical traditions. Trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, accordion, guitar, double bass and percussion all take to the Omnibus stage for an eclectic evening of raucous energy.

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Halloween Games and Fun!

Mon 31 October 2016, 4:00 pm

Omnibus is celebrating Halloween in style by giving away bags full of treats, plus games for the whole family!

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November 2016

The Man Who Would Be King

Tue 1 Nov - Wed 2 Nov, 7.30pm

A tale of greed, adventure and ruin inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s classic mercenary yarn.

This is the story of Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot; soldiers-for-hire amid the shifting borders of the Middle East. Tired of the mercenary life, Peachy and Daniel have come up with a plan; head to Northern Afghanistan, enslave the natives, and install themselves as kings.

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The Trials of Galileo

Thu 3 November 2016, 7:30 pm

The Trials of Galileo focuses on the events surrounding Galileo’s heresy trial in 1633. In this reprimand by Pope Urban is Galileo’s tragedy, a mistaken belief that if he supplied the church with proof, he would enlighten the world while escaping persecution. He understood the science better than any man alive, but never grasped the politics. Until it was too late.

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Covent Garden Consort

Sun 6 November 2016, 7:30 pm

Hailing from the Royal Opera House and comprising four singers and a pianist, The Garden Consort presents a scintillating selection of vocal gems from across the musical spectrum. From Grand Opera to the West End and Broadway, including Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Strauss, Hammerstein, Sullivan and Romberg.

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Edward Lear – An illustrated tribute

Mon 7 Nov - Thu 17 Nov 2016, 10am to 6pm, Free

Edward Lear left a huge legacy as a musician, a poet, an artist, and an illustrator. Following on from the Bow Wow Shop evening featuring readings from his poetry, live performances…

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Bow Wow Shop (Edward Lear Special)

Mon 7 November 2016, 7:30 pm

This is the second of our multi-faceted events showcasing artistic responses to the work of Edward Lear.

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Mule

Tue 8 - Sat 19 Nov (excl. Sun 13 & Mon 14), 7.30pm

How does the seemingly innocent adventure of a summer spent in the party capital of the world spiral out of control and end locked up in a notoriously hard core South American prison?

Inspired by the events of the Peru Two, Mule explores the murky, hedonistic network of drug smuggling and it’s apparent female-isation. Award-winning Omnibus Associate Kat Woods explores the complex roles of victimhood, media spin and personal tragedy in this flawless two-hander. Delving into a dingy world of fake smiles and real tears, the web of characters involved grow and shrink in a mess of details, lies and carefully guarded truths.

An Omnibus production from the writer/director of Belfast Boy and Wasted

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Albee Vector The Sound Collector

Sun 13 Nov, 11am & 2pm

An interactive tale of love, adventure and a sound-hoover called Mustard!

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Bahla

EFG London Jazz Festival

Sun 13 November 2016, 7:30 pm

Bahla creates a vivid picture of the past, present and future of Jewish identity, channelled through the rich traditions of jazz. Venezuelan pianist Joseph Costi and English guitarist Tal Janes join forces with Greg Gottlieb and Ben Brown to form the band, drawing on classical Hebraic approaches and jazz interpretation.

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Marc Wayland: All Over the Place

Fri 18 Nov - Thu 10 Dec 2016, 10am to 6pm. Free

Marc Wayland’s new exhibition at Omnibus displays print based mixed media portraits, where classic arts and crafts meets contemporary printmaking. Wayland deals with important themes around memory in the context…

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Luftabbamic

EFG London Jazz Festival

Sun 20 November 2016, 7:30 pm

What happens when you put together two Kenny Wheeler Prize winners and one of Europe’s best touring drummers? New jazz heights in the shape of Rob Luft, Misha Mullov-Abbado and Marc Michel. Join Luftabbamic for an evening of jazz standards alongside original arrangements and compositions.

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So, This Is What Happened…

Thu 24 November 2016, 7:30 pm

Our regular evening when ordinary people tell their extraordinary stories.

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Permission Improbable

Sat 26 November 2016, 6:00 pm

Permission Improbable is Improbable’s ongoing project to support the growth of an improvisation culture created by women. Some of the women you’ll see this evening have been improvising for years, some only a few months.

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Rautio Piano Trio with TV Presenter Dallas Campbell

Sun 27 November 2016, 4:00 pm

The pleasure of finding things out: an evening of science & music. TV science presenter Dallas Campbell (City in the Sky, Supersized Earth), teams up with the Rautio Piano Trio in a special programme, re-enacting famous scenes from historic TV documentaries such as The Ascent of Man (Bronowski) alongside the music of Shostakovich, Bernstein, Philip Glass and Michael Nyman, as performed by the Trio.

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December 2016

Otto & The Robin

Thu 1 - Sun 18 Dec (excl. 5 & 12 Dec),
11am & 1.30pm (School Days) / 11am & 2pm (Weekends)

You are invited to the Piddle under Puddle annual Christmas party! Everyone will be there. Well nearly everyone… Otto would like to go, but he’s just too shy. Then one day a robin flies in through Otto’s window and changes his life forever.

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Clapham Lights

Sat 3 December 2016, 1:00 pm

Welcome in the winter season with a night of magic, lights and festive cheer!

Gather at 3.30pm in the Paddling Pool on Clapham Common for the a spectacular fire breathing performance. Don’t forget to bring a lantern or torch, ready to join the the Parade of Lights, where we will be led by an illuminated stilt walker through the Common and across to The Polygon. When we reach The Polygon, watch a very special guest switch on the Lights and the tree begin to sparkle.

After the switch on there will be a fantastic selection of live music, including a breathtaking performance by award winning Gospel choir Get Gospel.
The Old Town Christmas Market is afoot from 1pm, full of delicious treats, hot mulled wine, and live music. And you can grab yourself a special gift at our cosy Christmas Grotto!

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Raphaela Papadakis

Sun 4 December 2016, 7:30 pm

Omnibus is thrilled to welcome the world-class British soprano Raphaela Papadakis for an exclusive recital. Raphaela is establishing herself as one of the brightest operatic talents of her generation. Her professional debut at Garsington Opera in 2014 was singled out by the Financial Times as the “most attractive solo performance” of the show.

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Improbable Winter Mentoring Fete

Tue 6 December 2016, 7:00 pm

Improbable and Omnibus are partnering up again to host Improbable’s yearly Festive Mentoring Fête.

The Winter Mentoring Fete is a fantastic opportunity to pick the brains of companies who have been there, done that, got it wrong, (sometimes) got it right, and learned a lot along the way. There’s a great line up of mentor companies featuring both artists and producers. Whether you are still studying, just starting out, or long established, we invite you to come and share the diverse experiences of these companies.

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Monkey Toast Chrismukkah Spooktacular End of Year Show and Intergalactic BBQ Convention and Party!

Fri 9 December 2016, 7:30 pm

It’s the third annual Monkey Toast Chrismukkah Spooktacular End of Year Show and Intergalactic BBQ Convention and Party! We hope you’ll join us on this special night as we celebrate the holidays and say goodbye to Monkey Toast founder, David Shore, who is moving back to Canada.

Featuring Improv sets by:

Bald: David Shore & Phil Whelans

The Monkey Toast Players: Joseph Morpurgo, Briony Redman, Richard Soames, Phil Whelans, Dylan Emery, Paul Foxcroft, Phil Mann and David Shore.

And our special guests… David Reed (The Penny Dreadfuls) and Celeste Dring (Lazy Susan).

Music by Tom Hodge

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Festive Light Ride

Sun 11 December 2016, 4:00 pm

Fire up your bikes and let Omnibus light the way with a cycle ride to remember!

Witness extraordinary fire performances and installations as you ride across Lambeth guided by our travelling soundscape. Escorted by our safety-conscious Cycle Confident marshals, we’ll be starting at the Polygon in Clapham Old Town and making our way round Clapham Common right on through to Brixton Windmill with many a sight to see along the route.

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Omnibus’ Christmas Take Away Art Fair

Mon 12 – Sun 18 Dec, 10am – 6pm

We are launching our debut Takeaway Art Fair this Christmas. The week long exhibition, held between 12 – 18 December, will be a great place to discover unique artwork and find that perfect Christmas gift.

Expect to see work by over 20 local, new and up and coming artists with prices from £20. Items for sale, which will be hung around The Common Room space, include prints, paintings, illustrations, photographs, ceramics, cards, bags and badges.

Highlights include an opportunity to own catwalk drawings from Sue Dray, respected lecturer of illustration at the London College of Fashion; photographic prints from Erica Echenburg, one time photographic journalist for the NME and Melody Maker, renowned for her iconic punk photograpy taken during the glory days at the Roxy in the 1970s, and discover new artists including local digital artist Simon Currell. His work, inspired by kitsch, repetition and homogeneity uses photographic imagery to create large scale photographic collages. His unique interpretation of the Queen on closer inspection is a collage of hundreds of photographs of flats in Peckham.

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So, This Is What Happened…

Thu 15 December 2016, 7:30 pm

Our regular evening when ordinary people tell their extraordinary stories.

A night of revelations and inspiration, through the simple power of storytelling. Come and hear what’s happening around you.

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January 2017
Free

Brian McClure, Artist in Residence – Travels in Clapham

Wed 4 Jan - Tue 7 Feb, 10am-6pm

Brian McClure, Artist in Residence Travels in Clapham Omnibus presents new work by Brian McClure, Artist in Residence. Brian has been with Omnibus since he dropped in one Saturday afternoon…

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Bow Wow Shop: Lorca

Mon 9 January, 7:30 pm

Deep Song: A Celebration of Federico Garcia Lorca Poet and Journalist Michael Glover continues his series exploring artistic interpretations of major figures and themes. Artist and film-maker Chiara Ambrosio discusses…

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Will Gibson Septet

Sun 15 January, 7:30 pm

Will Gibson is joined by a number of musicians including those on his debut album Facets. The tunes draw from a number of different genres, most notably jazz, funk and classical. This will be the first date of 2017 continuing the UK tour, and featuring a phenomenal entourage of first class musicians.

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Engine Room

Thu 19 January, 7:30 pm

Dynamic and talented theatre makers perform new work in front of an audience, often for the very first time. Engine Room puts you at the heart of the creative process – these artists want to hear what you think.

Be part of the conversation.

This month’s Engine Room features three different works, including award-winning poet and performer Amy Acre, theatre and documentary film from Kluane Saunders, and the darkly comic Alexandra Donnachie.

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WOW! Said The Owl

Sun 22 Jan, 11am, 1pm, 2.45pm

Based on the acclaimed children’s book by writer Tim Hopgood, Wow! Said the Owl explores the wow-wow world of colours with a curious little owl who is determined to stay awake to see what daylight brings.

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Old Hat Jazz Band

Sun 22 January, 7:30 pm

Old Hat play stomping and swinging songs of their own making, drenched in the blues and vitality of the 20s and 30s jazz. Their dynamic group improvisation and singable melodies make them an enchanting and delightful band to dance to or to listen to.

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So, This is What Happened…

Thu 26 January, 7:30 pm

Six storytellers each have ten-minutes to tell their extraordinary story. They’re poignant, funny, life affirming, cathartic and true. You could be a part of it if you have a story to tell.

Your stories told live.

Join us on the last Thursday of each month for this extraordinary evening with the power of words.

Storytellers to be announced.

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Séance Fiction

Fri 27 January, 9:00 pm

Step onto the comedy ghost-train this Halloween and take a ride in the unknown. A voice is calling from beyond the grave! Who is it? We don’t know. What does it want? We don’t know.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Sat 28 January, 7:30 pm

“What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” Award winning Box Tale Soup (Northanger Abbey, Casting the Runes) present Oscar Wilde’s haunting story of evil, debauchery and scandal, featuring puppetry and a powerful original soundtrack.

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A Plateful of Jazz

Sun 29 January, 1:00 pm

Sit back and relax in our cosy bar and grab yourself a bite to eat. Now pick up a coffee (or something a little stronger), as we serve up a warming Sunday lunchtime Plateful of Jazz.

It’s the perfect way get over the night before. Bring your friends, bring the papers and let our soothing jazz sounds waft you away to paradise.

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Rob Barron Quartet

Sun 29 January, 7:30 pm

This will be a night of feel good swinging music from the UK’s finest, not to be missed! With regular appearances at the Ronnie Scott’s Late Late Show and a sell out show at the London Jazz Festival, the group has gained a reputation as one of the finest new hard bop groups on the scene.

The Rob Barron Quartet features some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians: Rob Barron on piano, Colin Oxley on Guitar, Jeremy Brown on Bass and Josh Morrison on drums. Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, the group focuses on fresh new arrangements of classic jazz songs from Rodgers and Hart to Stevie Wonder, drawing influence from the great groups of Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly and Cedar Walton.

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Omnibus Writer’s Group

Monday 30 Jan – Monday 10 Apr, 7.30pm

Do you want to write for theatre? Are you looking for inspiration, practical help and a team to kickstart your play?

The Omnibus Writers’ Workshops are hosted by our Literary Department, on Monday evenings at Omnibus from 30th January.

You will be given a series of exercises to complete and tried and tested tools to develop your skills. You will have the chance to work with professional actors and invite an audience to a reading of an extract of your work at Omnibus.

You will benefit from mentoring throughout and once the ten weeks is complete, have a one-to-one coaching session from one of the course tutors.

The Writer’s Group is a positive, welcoming and enthusiastic environment in which writer’s can share their experiences with each other.

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February 2017

Mizuta Trio

Sun 5 February, 4:00 pm

Mizuta Trio are an emerging young String Trio who met at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. They enjoy performing new repertoire alongside the great classics. Amongst them ranks the talented Sheku Kanneh-Mason, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016.

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Sisterhood: LGBT+ Art Exhibition

6-28 February, 10.00am-6.00pm

A visual art exhibition celebrating LGBTQ+ history month, around the theme of sisterhood.

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Forbidden Love

Wed 8 February, 7:30 pm

“The gifted singer Jessica Walker” (New York Times) presents a provocative evening of gay love songs in times of repression, in her uniquely androgynous performance style. The new arrangements for voice, piano and accordion are accompanied by MD Joseph Atkins.

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Out of Sight

Thu 9 February, 7:30 pm

Iron Hoof Productions presents a reading of an extract of David Dandridge’s new play New Cross Spartacus, which explores the displacement and isolation of individuals, particularly older gay men, amid the increasing gentrification of once overlooked areas of London.

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Stamp

Thu 9 - Fri 10 Feb, 9.30pm

Join us for a bit of irreverent cabaret theatre that flies in the face of gender rules, brushes aside political correctness and embraces chaos, humour and heckling. Hosted by the love-child of Sandi…

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Queer Shorts

Fri 10 February, 7:30 pm

Whip out your most sparkly attire for a night of thought-shaking filmmaking and theatricality!

Queer Shorts is a brand new variety night as part of our Unnatural Acts festival. Stick around after the shorts for a post-show panel discussion with artists and creatives.

Full programme to be announced.

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The Mansformation Workshop

Sat 11 February, 3:00 pm

Pecs is an ever-growing collective of Drag Kings who love nothing more than to put on handsome cabaret shows for the queer and curious of London town. With more than…

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The Conscious Uncoupling

Sat 11 February, 7:30 pm

In an increasingly serial monogamous society, we all face the possibility of more serious breakups in a lifetime than ever before.

In a brand new solo theatre and storytelling show, Radio 4 and festival regular Rosie Wilby interweaves a rich, romantic narrative about two people connecting over a shared love of Richard Hawley music and the London skyline with their eventual breakup emails and the visits of three ghosts from our romantic future, past and present.

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Deco Ensemble

Sun 12 February, 4:00 pm

A special Valentine’s Day concert from the Deco Ensemble with the music of love – tango! Enjoy a unique selection of Piazzolla’s most beautiful music, as well as traditional and modern tangos.

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Fish Eye

Wed 22 February, 7:30 pm

Pam’s already got a low opinion of her neighbours. So when someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard, it’s all-out war.

Join our busy-body hero as she becomes a one-woman MI6, ramping up her operation from curtain twitching to spy cameras hidden in hand-knitted novelties. But what Pam unearths is what she already suspects – that everyone around her is a thief, a pervert or a terrorist. A dark comedy about nosiness gone wild.

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So, This is What Happened…

Thu 23 February, 7:30 pm

Six storytellers each have ten-minutes to tell their extraordinary story. They’re poignant, funny, life affirming, cathartic and true. You could be a part of it if you have a story to tell.

Your stories told live.

Join us on the last Thursday of each month for this extraordinary evening with the power of words.

Storytellers to be announced.

Find out more »

Engine Room

Fri 24 February, 7:30 pm

Dynamic and talented theatre makers perform new work in front of an audience, often for the very first time. Engine Room puts you at the heart of the creative process – these artists want to hear what you think.

Be part of the conversation.

This month’s Engine Room features three different works, including sci-fi adventurer Georgia Murphy, Omnibus Associate Artists High Hearted Theatre, and a blazing punk fairytale from Sally Pomme Clayton with Georgia Kalogeropoulou.

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Ensonglopedia of Science

Sat 25 Feb 11am & 2.30pm

A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs and cells. Expect X-rays, Y-chromosomes and plenty of zoology. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme.

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Séance Fiction

Sat 25 February, 7:30 pm

Step onto the comedy ghost-train and take a ride in the unknown. A voice is calling from beyond the grave! Who is it? We don’t know. What does it want? We don’t know.

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A Plateful of Jazz

Sun 26 February, 1:00 pm

Sit back and relax in our cosy bar and grab yourself a bite to eat. Now pick up a coffee (or something a little stronger), as we serve up a warming Sunday lunchtime Plateful of Jazz.

It’s the perfect way get over the night before. Bring your friends, bring the papers and let our soothing jazz sounds waft you away to paradise.

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Caravela

Sun 26 February, 7:30 pm

With feet planted firmly in the traditions of Afro-Brazilian music, Caravela’s heart is full of the soaring creativity and fervour that comes with improvised jazz. Weaving impressionistic Portuguese melodies around vibrant South American and West African-inspired rhythms, their music is sensitive and full of passion, energy and life.

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March 2017

Heart of Darkness

Thu 2 - Wed 8 Mar, 7.30pm | Sun 5 Mar, 4pm

Following their sold-out show in the Autumn, Scandal and Gallows return with their gripping one-man adaptation of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, the book that inspired Apocalypse Now, for six performances. Join Marlow on the deck of his steamboat, as he tells the story of his journey down the Congo River deep into the dark, greedy heart of European colonialism.

★★★★★
“Great things will come of this company.”
British Theatre Guide

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Misha Mullov-Abbado Group

Sun 5 March, 7:30 pm

The Misha Mullov-Abbado Group is made up of some of the finest, multi-award-winning musicians in London, and under Misha’s direction the group performs his original compositions and arrangements with a broad variety of influences.

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Bow Wow Shop: Coleridge

Mon 6 March, 7:30 pm

In Pursuit of the Ancient Mariner: A Celebration of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We explore the life of Coleridge, the master storyteller whose poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner takes us on a transforming journey from fascination to fear.

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A Labour of Love

Tue 7 Mar - Fri 24 Mar | 10am-6pm

Inspired by her daughters’ personalities, Deborah Manson’s intricate and colourful heritage quilts are on display in our Common Room.

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Elephant & Castle

Fri 10 March, 7:30 pm

Do you tell the truth when you talk in your sleep? Does your sleep talk even make sense? And could it just be that you analyse your relationships in a way that’s more honest than you do when you’re awake? That’s the dangerous premise behind Elephant and Castle, a new, experimental show that springs from two years of recorded sleep talk. Using live music and extracts from those recordings, Elephant and Castle is a show about how honest it’s possible to be and have your relationship survive.

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Man Overboard Quintet

Sun 12 March, 7:30 pm

Get ready for an evening of infectious, melodic swing. Man Overboard have trawled the decades of the early 20th century to bring together this collection of toe-tapping, quick-stepping tunes of the highest quality.

The Man Overboard Quintet add their own stamp to a repertoire of tunes made famous by the likes of Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, the Mills Brothers, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller. The chemistry between these superb musicians and their audience makes every performance a magical occasion.

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Bright Sparks

Sun 19 Mar 11am & 2.30pm

Link and Rex are Like light and dark, left and right. Watch these two opposites get their wires crossed as they strive to find ways to work and play together.

Inspired by research into the human brain, Bright Sparks is a playful, visually rich and delightfully humorous show that explores the beauty of difference.

Research into Bright Sparks began at the egg’s 2015 Incubator. The piece looks at the left and right sides of the brain and attempts to debunk the popular and limiting myth that people are either simply ‘logical’ OR ‘creative’. In this wordless production we aim to demonstrate that the human brain actually needs both sides to function together without one dominating the other.

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Alex Hitchcock Quintet

Sun 19 March, 7:30 pm

The Alex Hitchcock Quintet features some of the exciting and distinctive rising stars from London’s vibrant jazz scene.

The group showcase a spirit of openness and interaction, blurring the boundary between written and improvised music, whilst also balancing harmonic curiosity with melodic impact.

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In Conversation with..Maggi Hambling

Wed 22 March, 7:30 pm

In Conversation with…Maggi Hambling The series of intimate evenings continues with the contemporary painter and sculptor, Maggi Hambling CBE, who will talk about her EDGE exhibition that runs at Marlborough…

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Engine Room

Thu 23 March, 7:30 pm

Dynamic and talented theatre makers perform new work in front of an audience, often for the very first time. Engine Room puts you at the heart of the creative process – these artists want to hear what you think.

Be part of the conversation.

This month’s Engine Room features three different works, including a mother and daughter pairing from Josie Dale-Jones, beautiful puppetry and music from Paul Mosley, and inspiration from the Cthulhu mythos arising from Lucy Grace.

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A Plateful of Jazz

Sun 26 March, 1:00 pm

Sit back and relax in our cosy bar and grab yourself a bite to eat. Now pick up a coffee (or something a little stronger), as we serve up a warming Sunday lunchtime Plateful of Jazz.

It’s the perfect way get over the night before. Bring your friends, bring the papers and let our soothing jazz sounds waft you away to paradise.

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Southern Cone Quintet

Sun 26 March, 7:30 pm

Southern Cone Quintet take the traditional dance forms of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay and produce new music that is compelling, complex and uninhibited. Their sound includes variations and re-arrangements of Tango, Cueca, and Candombe, as well as indigenous folk songs and ancient native chants.

Taking its name from the geographical area in Southern America, it is from this rich earth that the Southern Cone Quintet draws its inspiration. The repertoire consists of re-arrangements of pieces from a wide variety of sources. From twentieth century composers like Astor Piazzolla and Violeta Parra, to traditional folk songs and ancient native chants. While the style resembles Nuevo Tango, it could also be described as “Nueva Cueca” or “Nuevo Candombe”.

“Absolutely outstanding… Wonderfully romantic”
BBC Radio 3

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Offside

Mon 27 - Tue 28 Mar, 7.30pm

A new play by Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish, Offside is told through lyrical dialogue, poetry, and punchy prose, placing the audience on touchline of a game of a lifetime.

Four women from across the centuries live, breathe, and play football. Whilst each of them face very different obstacles in pursuing their dream profession, the possibility that the beautiful game will change their futures – and the world – is tantalisingly close.

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So, This is What Happened…

Thu 30 March, 7:30 pm

Six storytellers each have ten-minutes to tell their extraordinary story. They’re poignant, funny, life affirming, cathartic and true. You could be a part of it if you have a story to tell.

Your stories told live.

Join us on the last Thursday of each month for this extraordinary evening with the power of words.

Storytellers to be announced.

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